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Saturday, June 24. 2017
Side note: This is Saturday, which means three of the best shows on TV are on tonight on Fox. 'Watters World' at 8 (EST), 'Justice With Judge Jeanine' at 9, and, especially, 'The Greg Gutfeld Show' at 10. If you don't have a TV (like me), all three will have been posted to YouTube by tomorrow. If you haven't seen a Judge Jeanine opening monologue, buckle your seat belt.
Following is a review of four movies.
I'll put the whole mess below the fold.
As a small side note, in my art gallery I have a section of movie clips called Great One-Liners. What the Russian says after his phone call with Wick should probably go on that list.
You're encouraged to click on the little icon on the bottom of the player to watch it in full-screen mode. Hit the ESC key to get back to Windows mode.
And there's a sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2. In truth, I didn't think it was quite as good as the original, in that the first one developed the characters more, whereas the sequel is basically one big gun fight. If the original gets an 'A', I'd give the sequel a 'B'
Here's a clip from the beginning of the sequel with another Russian, the brother of the guy in the above clip (who Wick snuffs at the end) again setting the stage, then a car chase scene where Wick incurs some minor damage to his favorite car, then back to the Russkie.
Say what you will about Leonardo DiCaprio's politics, but the guy's a marvelous actor. He was terrific in Django Unchained, and certainly deserved the Best Actor award he received for The Revenant. This movie might be one of his greatest roles. Playing a nice backup spot is the great British actor Michael Caine.
The movie's just about that intense the whole way through.
As for the premise, the aforementioned evils are wiping out the food crops, and since blight expels nitrogen, the nitrogen in the atmosphere is increasing, thereby decreasing the oxygen, and humans are eventually going to either starve to death or suffocate — whichever comes first.
A wormhole to another galaxy has opened up around Saturn, so first NASA sent in probes, then eventually twelve solo adventurers, three of whom have found habitable planets.
Now it's time to take the next step; find the three worlds and decide which, if any, will be able to sustain mankind.
Before time runs out.
A Dog's Purpose
Besides wonderful, I guess I could also call this the most refreshing movie I've seen in years. The premise is just marvelous. Dennis Quaid plays the lead in the final segment, and the entire cast is superb.
While I could take a clip out of the film, the official trailer for it is just perfect, so that's what we'll use.
Yes, it's that good.
I'm always open to movie suggestions, so if you have a fave that you'd like to share with the group, lay it out in the comments. An IMDb link might be helpful. No promises on this end that I'll post a review of it, but one never knows, do one?
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I don't subscribe to cable, but never miss Tucker Carlson on FOX. I find no shortage of live FOX News streams available via YouTube, tho they tend to come and go and I sometimes lose a stream and need to find a new source, but always can. With my handy Chromecast device, I get to watch it on the big screen...
And, if you miss part of a show, Tucker's shows are also usually posted the next day on YouTube.
Just curious, but did you explore the other streaming devices, like Roku or Amazon Fire?
No, I haven't. I've been pretty content with the chromecast device. If I can find it on my computer (and I usually can) I can cast it to the gigantor screen...
Also, if you're on FB, Tucker posts his segments practically in real time on his page...
With commercials? Like, a direct copy of the show? That's one great thing about the YouTube posts; whoever's recording them is hitting the 'pause' button between takes.
Yup. Just finished watching that thanks to your suggestion. Great movie.
Glad you found Interstellar despite misleading chatter around it. It is a great movie about following truth and hope despite the prevailing community pressure to accept doom instead. Besides, how often can one watch Matt Damon perform as a bad guy?
My recommendation for a recent movie one shouldn't miss is Hidden Figures. Compelling stories based on real people illuminate the power of perseverance when individuals find and follow their passion and talents. Excellent acting by all with great chemistry among the three lead characters. Supporting characters are well drawn and acted; John Glenn charms all over again. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/
"Besides, how often can one watch Matt Damon perform as a bad guy?"
I was just dying to mention that, but it would have been too much of a spoiler, heh. And you're right -- Damon is always one of the good guys. Recently, I thought he was great in both 'The Martian' and 'The Great Wall'.
I'll give 'Hidden Figures' a shot. The IMDb crowd liked it -- got a 7.8(!) And Kevin Costner's in it, so that says something.
Speaking of Glenn, I re-watched 'The Right Stuff' the other night. Hasn't lost a step.
I just finished watching 'Hidden Figures'. And you were right.
It was just outstanding.
"Inception" was oddly prefigured in a Scrooge McDuck episode decades ago. http://www.avclub.com/article/the-eminceptionem-ripped-off-scrooge-mcduck-theory-43814
Heh. Just guessing, but I'd say it's been a half a century since I saw the words "The Beagle Boys". :)
Re Interstellar: "Playing a terrific lead role is an actor named Matthew McConaughey."
"An actor"! "An actor"! Doc, the gentleman is and has been for a long time much more than "an actor"" -- do a search. Even his commercials crack me up.
Well, er, the first line of his Wikipedia page says "Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor." It then goes on to note his early roles acting in commercials, then acting in romantic comedies, then acting in action dramas, like 'Interstellar'.
The funny thing is, I'd swear I've seen him before, but I looked over his IMDb list and nothing looked familiar. Great piece of casting, though, for 'Interstellar'. His homespun, non-Hollywood drawl added a certain element of realism to the flick.
Well, he also loves dawgs, fast cars, classy ladies and children. I know three-outta-four of those appeal to you. Probably kids, too, since you done birthed a baby! For a while, Mr. McConaughey's most favored role by his female fans was "Magic Mike" where he showed his sassy side.
Glad to have you back!!! You had me worried since you had discussed some heart problems. Now God is in his heaven and all is right with your good health…right?
Look forward to more of your adventure tales. My son and his bride have been talking about building a log cabin compound in CO, so…you might have your brain picked. Welcome home!
"Well, he also loves ... classy ladies"
Hopefully, from a distance. According to the Wiki page, he's married, heh. And to a real hottie!
Watch out, Doc. You're recovering from heart palpitations and, as I said, he loves classy ladies. Married one and has acted with multiple more. I was referring to his ability to discriminate amongst many choices and come out doing well.
I went into your CO tour guide (Cheyenne Zoo? Doesn't sound like you!) and would rather read about your challenges in building a new chapter in your life. I spent many years half-time in The Keys and recognized it takes a certain, particular character to confine myself to such a location. Same went for CO where multiple relatives schooled and worked.
But breaking life into chapters/interests does work. This is the charm of MF…so much for so many from so many different groundings. So much to learn. So many interesting stories.
I miss Marianne. But maybe not as she seems to be a reoccurring topic here, so one can miss her but still hold on to her magic. Oh, the stories she could tell.
Cheers, Dear Doc. Welcome back. Now our MF crew is back to its patois.
That 'Colorado Travelogue' has always been one of my favorites. As far as I recall, it and the metal detector one are the only two pieces I've written that way. As I put it on my home page, two "you are there" stories. It's a fun style to write in, but the subject has to be the right fit.